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C. Pigozzi, April 30, 2018
Seydou Keita, 1956_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1956_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
Keïta went to exceptional lengths to bring out the beauty of his subjects and the brilliant patterns of his backdrops proved a particularly effective foil. He worked intuitively, reinventing portrait photography through his search for extreme precision. In 1962 the newly installed Socialist government made Keïta its official photographer; shortly thereafter he closed down his studio, although he remained active until his retirement in 1977. His archive of over 10,000 negatives was gradually brought to light in the early 1990s; Keïta has since achieved international recognition. Inventive and highly modern, his emphasis on the essential components of portrait photography -light, subject, framing - firmly establishes Keïta among the twentieth-century masters of the genre.

Seydou Keita, 1952-1956_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1952-1956_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
Seydou Keita, 1952-1955_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1952-1955_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
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